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Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar Black 

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The 12-String Danelectro 12SDC Electric Guitar captures the jangly sounds of the '60s with a double-cutaway body made of laminated wood and 2 lipstic...Read More

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A reissue of a classic instrument from the early days of rock.

The 12-String Danelectro 12SDC Electric Guitar captures the jangly sounds of the '60s with a double-cutaway body made of laminated wood and 2 lipstick pickups. Modeled after the classic 59DC used by Jimmy Page, the guitar's "bottle" headstock is elongated to accommodate 12 sealed Gotoh tuners. It's wide neck makes the Danelectro 12 string easy to play. An improved fixed bridge is fully adjustable. The Danelectro 12SDC guitar's '59 vintage look includes details like a matte finish, seal-shaped pickguard, and textured tape binding on the sides.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • '59 style double-cutaway body made of laminated wood
  • Vintage textured tape binding on the side
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Elongated "bottle" headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Lipstick tube pickups
  • Dual/concentric "stacked " master volume and tone controls with 3-way toggle switch
  • Matte finish
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale length: 25" (635mm)
  • Satin hardware
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Fully adjustable bridge
  • Strung with D'Addario XL EXL150 regular light nickel wound strings
  • Case sold separately

Make your collection complete with this retro sounding 12-string!

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Danelectro12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (36)
  • Good feel (35)
  • Good tone (35)
  • Good pick up (23)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (28)
  • Practicing (28)
  • Recording (27)
  • Rock concerts (18)
  • Small venues (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jingle Jangle On A Budget

This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little...Read complete review

This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little adjustment. The lipstick tube style pickups deliver the jangle you expect from an electric 12 string and they seem to be fairly high gain. I had to turn my Gretsch Playboy amp down a little from the setting I normally run it in order to turn the guitar volume up just a third of the way. These pickups are loud. I really like the wide neck. It's much easier to play than the Rickenbacker 12 string I used to have. I also like the simplicity of one tone knob and one volume knob. Danelectro guitars of the 50's/60's were cheaply made masonite wonders with lipstick tubes as pickup covers, unique tone and a low price. Thankfully, some things don't change. Plug this in and the jingle-jangle will lead you right into the sonic realms of The Byrds and The Beatles.

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Really more of a kit than a guitar

The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that...Read complete review

The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that this is something that I should be able to make work for me. I gave it to my guitar tech/lutihier who had to shim the neck, turn the truss rod, adjust the action and intonation, change strings and cut grooves deeper in the nut for the strings that sat too high and put epoxy in grooves that were too low. When I got it back it was much better than when I gave it to him but the G string still needs a litttle more frequent tuning than would be needed with my Fenders or Gibsons. He told me that there are internet blogs that say that you should throw away the aluminum nut that comes with it and go to a bone or synthetic one. We ended up not doing that.

One other issue I had was that the tone knob did absolutely nothing so I took off the pickguard and saw that a wire that was supposed to be soldered to a tab on the pot was never soldered.

I feel that I got something that I can use as often as I would use a 12 string, which is not often. You do get what you pay for and the fact is, I didn't pay much for it. Thank God that I have the resouces I do to make the instrument right. For what I have invested in it, I'd say I did alright. A PRS 12 is as adjustable; they have a bridge that allows intonation on all strings as does this Dano but PRS's cost thousands of dollars. Rickenbackers cost a couple grand plus and I am told that you cannot intonate all 12 strings on them (I never owned one so I'm not sure). I recommed this Danelectro with a caution that you should try to findout how much a good setup would cost and figure that into the total price. An extra hundred or so dollars for the set up and $70 or so for a good case still makes this a decent deal. Just know all this before going into it.
Needed major set up and soldering of the tone pot. Darn thing is made in China, so what do you expect? That's what you get for the low, low price. Low, low quality.
Good value but expect to spend more to make it right after you buy it.

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4.0

12 strings are back!

By gittar gripper

from central Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

I had played a similar model in a music store & was delighted that the deal I got through Musicians Friend saved me so much money. When the guitar arrived I was pleased with the craftsmanship upon inspection & immediately realized I would need to lower the action,then checked intonation - which was way off. But once this was done the guitar had a great feel. The wide neck is a real bonus in this case which facilitates ease of fingering. Now it was time to plug it in. Two pickups & 3 way toggle provide mellow to cutting belltones. I had to lower the neck PU to even out the balance. My only gripe is the taper of the volume pot - it goes from zero to full on - no gradual volume increase so that will be my first change - a better volume pot. That's it - other than that it is now one of the most fun guitars you'll ever play. I'm happy with the purchase.

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5.0

Yes its worth it

By GitarGairagePlayer

from Raleigh NC

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Unique Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Full On Chime

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    I have owned and operated these 12 string guitars before. The new ones are the best they have made. What a great job on the neck. Thanks for the wonderful workmanship. Danelectro has been and is a true innovator. Hope to see more from them. Great value for your money.

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    4.0

    12sdc

    By Skasp

    from Bayonne nj

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      The first dano 12 I received had a shorted pickup switch,there was finger prints all over the guitar and the hang tag was in the box.there's no doubt to me that someone sent that guitar back and they sent it right out again.however they made good for it fast and sent me a new one.good action great sound for the price.

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      3.0

      Great cheap 12 string electric

      By lrp

      from Bellevue WA

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Get a lighter set of strings, adjust the truss rod, and make sure the thing was built to rock. Other than that, plays great.

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      5.0

      Very good 12 string

      By pepperman

      from Vew Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          This Guitar arrived in perfect condition, and within minutes I was strumming away. I've always wanted an electric 12 string, and the price of this guitar made me order it. I'm glad I did. Although it says Dan Electro on the headstock, this guitar is far more superior to anything Dan Electro made during their existence. This guitar is made in Korea and the setup is perfect. The body is a laminate wood, rather than the masonite of old. The bridge is very well designed for perfect intonation adjustment, although I didn't have to touch the set up. The tuning keys are Gotoh Tuners, the best manufactured gears from Japan. Simple tone and volume controls are noiseless. For the money you cannot beat this instrument. I had changed the strings to Elixir nanos which I prefer, and that was an easy task. It holds its tuning very well. Ease of play, action, all very good. If you want to get that British invasion or the Byrds jingle jangle sound, this is the vehicle. I've been playing for over 40 years. Why spend thousands on a Ric, when you can enjoy this "Danno".

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          4.0

          Great product for the price!

          By James G. -

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • COMFORTABLE TO PLAY
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Low action

          Cons

          • Not Super High Quality
          • Will Need A 'setup'

          Best Uses

          • Creating Sounds
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          Happy to find that this guitar is MUCH better than my expectation. Bought for a recording project and turns out that it is pretty amazing.

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          5.0

          Correction

          By Mike

          from Falls Church, VA

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                Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                I messed up in the other review I posted on here. The guitar is actually 11 inches across the top bout, not 11.5, in case that makes any difference.

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                5.0

                Great Guitar

                By Mike

                from Falls Church, VA

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                      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                      I don't have anything to add about what a great guitar this is for the price, but a couple of quick notes... I had to return the first one they sent me because the binding tape was loose from the body around the cutaways. I asked them to check the second one before they sent it (knobs, switches, tuners, etc.) and it was perfect. (Probably a good idea to do this whenever you order an instrument you can't check out in person.) Also, somebody said you would need a bass gig bag to fit it... I have an old Musician's Friend standard electric gig bag and a Road Runner Roadster E electric gig bag, and it fits fine in both of them with room to spare. The actual size of the guitar is 13.5 inches across the bottom bout, 11.5 inches across the top bout, and 39.5 inches overall length.

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                      4.0

                      This ain't no Ric but it sure is a Dano.

                      By Dad

                      from Arklahoma

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                        I've had this guitar for over 2 yrs now. When I first got it I wasn't overly impressed. After changing the strings to a lighter guage and tweeking the neck and adjusting the pickup heights to my taste I've really come to like this guitar. The neck is chunkie but not uncomfortable. The pickups are a bit thin sounding. If you are wanting a rickenbacker sound this ain't it but it does sound like a danelectro and thats ok. I really enjoy playing this guitar more and more.

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                        4.0

                        12 string Danelectro

                        By Mr Bill

                        from California

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                          This is my first twelve string bringing my guitar and bass collection to 12
                          Really nice guitar for the price!! Fun to play and looks great displayed with my Gibsons and Fenders

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